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Judge will rule soon on GOP attempt to block mail ballots

Sep. 22, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Requiring Montana counties to open polling places for November's election would be “absolutely catastrophic," for voters and for public health, the governor's chief legal counsel, Raph Graybill, told a federal judge Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen heard arguments...

Feds: Fraudster blew $30K in Vegas with virus loan money

Sep. 22, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A convicted bank robber from Rhode Island fraudulently obtained $600,000 in forgivable federal business loans and spent $30,000 in Las Vegas before being caught, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Michael Moller, 41, of Middletown, was held without bail pending trial at an appearance...

FILE - In this May 10, 2018, file photo, students walk past Sather Gate on the University of California at Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif. A California state audit found that the University of California wrongly admitted at least 64 wealthy students over the past six years as

State auditor: UC wrongly admitted well-connected students

Sep. 22, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California “inappropriately admitted" at least 64 wealthy, mostly white students over the past six years as “favors to donors, family, and friends," according to an audit released Tuesday that found hundreds more questionable cases of students accepted...

2 antiquities dealers charged with defrauding buyers

Sep. 22, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two dealers of ancient art were indicted Tuesday for allegedly creating fake ownership histories for the antiquities they sold through auction houses in New York. Erdal Dere and Faisal Khan used the identities of deceased collectors to create the fake histories for antiquities they sold...

A political display is set up in the lawn of a home on West Columbia Street in Mason, Mich., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.  Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, filed a complaint with police over the display, saying it could mislead people who aren’t familiar with how mail-in voting works. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

Complaint flushed: No charge in toilet election display

Sep. 22, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor in Michigan has flushed a complaint about a toilet that was promoted as a place to drop absentee ballots. The election clerk in Ingham County informed police about a toilet on the front lawn of a home in Mason, near Lansing. A sign said, "Place mail in ballots here.”...

DA seeking Trump's taxes cites 'mountain' of allegations

Sep. 21, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Manhattan district attorney's office told a federal appeals court Monday that its quest to gain access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns is supported by “a mountainous record" of public allegations of misconduct. The president and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus...

Prosecutors say W.Va. woman pleads guilty to contractor scam

Sep. 21, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia pharmacist pleaded guilty on Monday to swindling millions from investors and pretending to be a government contractor, prosecutors announced. Natalie Cochran admitted in federal court to wire fraud and money laundering. She defrauded about $2.5 million from at least...

Judge nixes witness signature requirement on SC mail ballots

Sep. 21, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has struck down a rule requiring mail-in absentee ballots to be signed by witnesses for the upcoming November election, citing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs ordered the state...

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya speaks speaks with journalists after a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. European Union foreign ministers on Monday were weighing whether to impose sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, after holding talks with the country's exiled opposition leader. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU fails to agree Belarus sanctions despite opposition plea

Sep. 21, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers failed on Monday to impose sanctions on Belarus officials suspected of election fraud or of playing a part in the security crackdown, despite appeals from President Alexander Lukashenko’s main opponent to take courageous action against his regime....

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington, before departing for a campaign rally in North Carolina. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's made-up car plants, court revisionism

Sep. 21, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are playing loose with the facts when it comes to a successor for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Seeking to justify a possible confirmation vote before the Nov. 3 election, Trump asserted over the weekend that many high court nominations...